Levkas – 7th to 10th October, 2011.

Ariel of Hamble
Jim and Valerie SHURVELL
Thu 13 Oct 2011 16:33

Levkas – 7th  to 10th  October, 2011.


Friday morning the wind according to the internet was going to blow anything up to a force 8 and it was now time to decide whether to go further south or make for Levkas and the safety of the town quay.  Jim decided that if the weather was going to deteriorate for a few days we could not risk going south in case the small quays or bays would not be able to shelter us well enough.


We sailed all the way up to Levkas and even along the canal to the town quay.  Just after we arrived and had tied up I spotted a large flock of flamingos flying over the salt pans.


We met several live a boards and were pointed in the right direction for the good restaurants, the good butchers and the cafes where everyone meets.


The next day it poured with rain and the wind blew.  During the afternoon when it was dry for few hours Frank and I walked along the road to the lifting bridge and out around the lagoon arriving back two hours later.  The good part was it was all on the flat and we managed to be back five minutes before the heavens opened again.


We awake at 3.30 a.m. the next morning to a North East wind with readings of 40 miles an hour.  We spent the next few hours keeping Ariel off the wall.  The five fenders were very squeezed as the anchor and its 55 metres of chain was not holding as well as it should due to the silt in the harbour and the amount of wind we were experiencing.  Many of the boats were having the same problem and we were pleased when the morning arrived and the wind dropped considerably.  Jim spotted snow on the mountains behind Preveza where people go for skiing in the winter.  According to the locals there is never any snow in the area until December.  Perhaps they are in for a very cold winter this year.

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